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Economic and Workforce Development Deputy Director – Fairfield County

Help shape the growth of one of the fastest growing counties in the Midwest. As part of the booming Columbus region, Fairfield County has a bright future. We’re looking for a Deputy Director of Economic and Workforce Development to help bring new businesses to Fairfield County, help current businesses thrive and expand, and develop our workforce. 

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News

Port Authority Named A “Best Workplace” For Third Year

(Wilmington, Ohio) For the third year in a row, the Clinton County Port Authority has been selected by Ohio Business Magazine as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”

The magazine’s annual program recognizes workplaces in a variety of categories, with the Port Authority honored as a government entity with fewer than 50 employees. Nominations, which were submitted in May, collected information about employee engagement, benefits, and awards and recognitions. A committee compiled by the magazine selected the winners.

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How Dublin Keeps Businesses Growing

City of Dublin Economic Development Director Jennifer Klus believes that the projects you work on today have a lasting, meaningful impact over time.

“There is a great sense of pride in being able to say you worked on a project for the betterment of a community and its residents,” she said.

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Leader of Local Economic Development Group to Retire, Successor Named

PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (Dayton Business Journal) – The leader of one of the Dayton area’s largest economic development groups is retiring. A successor already has been named.

Brenda Latanza, director of the Preble County Development Partnership (PCDP), has announced her retirement effective July 1. Latanza has led Preble County’s development efforts, including retention and expansion of existing businesses, business recruitment, workforce development, regional and national marketing, and community development activities since February 2015.

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Ikea Created a Swedish Meatball Donut — But It’s Only Available at One Location

The furniture store is joining Ohio’s Butler County Donut Trail in honor of National Donut Day.

For most counties, having an official 80-mile “Donut Trail” encompassing 13 self-described “mom-and-pop donut shops” would be enough. But Ohio’s Butler County — which established its trail back in 2015 — wants more. And in honor of National Donut Day on June 3, the county is putting a Swedish jewel in its crown, teaming up with none other than Ikea for a special stop on the trail and featuring an actual Swedish meatball donut.

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Advocacy

Tracked Senate Bills – April 2022

State News:

JobsOhio embarks on a $50MM national ad campaign to tout the State:  Making ad buys in Austin, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, L.A. and San Francisco, JobsOhio has launched its large-scale advertising campaign to alert these markets to Ohio’s value proposition: it’s a great place to live and operate a business, and it’s a lot cheaper than those markets.

In one example, playing on the city’s tagline, a JobsOhio billboard in Austin announces “Keep Austin Weird…. Like very high cost of living weird.”  (This Texas city has experienced rapid growth, but its housing costs have soared; median home prices in Columbus, which often competes in the same tier, are 62% lower.)

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Tracked House Bills – March 2022

Federal News: 

Ohio’s manufacturing future looks towards chips and semiconductors in the greater Columbus region; with federal help, more investment may be on the way.     

On February 4, 2022 the United States House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 by a vote of 222 to 210.  Among other measures, the 2,900-page bill allocates nearly $52 billion in grants to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and another $300 billion for other, related research and development purposes. 

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Tracked Senate Bills – March 2022

Federal News: 

Ohio’s manufacturing future looks towards chips and semiconductors in the greater Columbus region; with federal help, more investment may be on the way.     

On February 4, 2022 the United States House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 by a vote of 222 to 210.  Among other measures, the 2,900-page bill allocates nearly $52 billion in grants to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and another $300 billion for other, related research and development purposes. 

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Tracked House Bills – February 2022

Federal News:

2022 may be the tipping point in sales of electric vehicles:  Market analysts are predicting 2022 may be the year in which sales of cars powered solely by batteries tip into the mainstream.  Data reported for 2021 show such vehicle sales surged in the United States, Europe and China; sales of fossil fuel vehicles were stagnant.

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2022

Federal News:

2022 may be the tipping point in sales of electric vehicles:  Market analysts are predicting 2022 may be the year in which sales of cars powered solely by batteries tip into the mainstream.  Data reported for 2021 show such vehicle sales surged in the United States, Europe and China; sales of fossil fuel vehicles were stagnant.

One compelling data point is that electric vehicles accounted for only 2 ½ percent of new vehicle sales in 2019, but were nearly 9 percent of all new cars sold worldwide in 2021.  It could be that 2022 is the year when the internal combustion engine truly began to slide toward obsolescence.

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Events

Montrose Group’s Ohio’s Transformational Mixed Use District Program Webinar

Please join Montrose Group for a free webinar to learn about Ohio’s new Transformational Mixed-Use Development (TMUD) program that can spur growth in urban and rural markets. Recently, the Ohio General Assembly passed and Governor DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 39 to create the Ohio’s TMUD program providing $100M in tax credits for large-scale mixed-use projects.

Rural Corporate Site Location Summit on December 9, 2020

Montrose Group’s 2020 Virtual Rural Corporate Site Location Summit on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 2:00PM-5:00PM will explore how private companies can create high-wage jobs and make capital investments in rural markets through the development of Public-Private-Partnerships. Montrose Group is a national consulting company providing corporate site location, economic development planning, lobbying and site development services such as land use entitlements, infrastructure finance and tax incentive services.